Biography of Joseph R. Sims
Adams County, NE Biographies





Joseph R. Sims engaged in contracting and was one of the leaders in that line of work in Hastings. He passed away on the 18th of March, 1901, and his demise was the occasion of much sincere grief. He was born in England on the 21st of June, 1848, and was a son of William and Louisa Sims, who emigrated to the United States when he was but six years of age. His early education was acquired in the public schools of Scranton, Pennsylvania, although he continued to study and read widely throughout his life. When twenty four years of age he went to Chicago and there took a course in building. Subsequently he returned to Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1877, when he came to Adams county, Nebraska, and located in Hastings. He engaged in contracting and erected many of the fine residences of the city and its vicinity, his reliability and the thoroughness with which he did his work recommending him to the public. Although he had to work his way up from the bottom, having no capital and no influential friends when he began his career, he never wavered in his determination to gain success and his untiring industry, his exact technical knowledge and his business ability enabled him to gain prosperity.

Mr. Sims was married on the 7th of April, 1875, in Pennsylvania, to Miss Marion E. Hart, a daughter of Theodorus and Eliza (Roland) Hart. Mrs. Sims has two brothers and one sister living. She is a descendant of Philip Hart and also of Jeremiah Hart, who fought in the American Revolution. To Mr. and Mrs. Sims were born three children. Theodore, who was born in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, married Miss Grace D. Brown, of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, and is now engaged in the jewelry business in Hastings. Maude L. is deceased and is buried in Hastings. Joseph Forrest is living at home and is operating a ranch south of Hastings.

Mr. Sims gave his political indorsement to the republican party and served acceptably for one term as a member of the city council. In religious faith he was a Baptist and fraternally he was connected with the Odd Fellows lodge at Pittston, Pennsylvania, and with the York Rite Masonic bodies and the Mystic Shrine. He was highly esteemed in those organizations and served as recorder of the blue lodge. Although he passed away in 1901 his friends still honor his memory and all who knew him testify as to his uprightness and his public spirit.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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